Ole Gunnar Sunshine is under renewed pressure after Manchester United were beaten 2-0 Manchester City Saturday when Norwich manager Daniel Farke sacked despite their first Premier League win of the season. The struggling Burnley were beaten to draw 1-1 against Chelsea, while Eddie Howe watched a 1-1 draw from the stands in Brighton as Newcastle approached to appoint a new boss. Two weeks after their embarrassment of 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool, United were again tangibly second best in a sluggish performance at Old Trafford. Eric Bailly’s own goal and Bernardo Silva’s attack at half-time proved the difference, but goalkeeper David de Gea made a series of saves to prevent another drubbing.
United have won just one of their last six Premier League games, giving Solskjaer – and club bosses – a lot to think about during the international break.
Last week’s 3-0 win over Tottenham gave Solskjaer hope that his team turned the corner and a late Cristiano Ronaldo goal gave them a valuable league champion point against Atalanta in the middle of the week.
The Norwegian admitted that his men, who finished second behind City on the Premier League list last season, were far below par.
But despite the series of poor results, he said he did not feel like he was at the club on loan, trophy-free since 2017.
“I have good communication with the club all the time and it is very forward and honest about the situation,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“I work for Man United and I want the best for Man United, and as long as I am here, of course I want to do what I can to improve it.”
City deservedly took the lead in the seventh minute when Bailly cut Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net.
De Gea kept the looting City strikers at bay, but was to blame for their second when Silva stretched a leg to meet Cancelo’s cross and the United stopper let the ball creep into his own net.
City boss Pep Guardiola praised his side after the win, which lifted them above Liverpool to second in the table and to within three points of Chelsea.
“The best way to silence Old Trafford is to have the ball with a lot of passing and attack the box at the right moments and we did that,” he said. “We played a very good game.”
Norwich sacked Farke just hours after beating Brentford 2-1 to register their first three points of the season following their return to the Premier League.
“We feel it is now the right time for a change to give ourselves the best opportunity to retain our Premier League status,” Sports Director Stuart Webber said in a statement.
Farke – the fourth top-flight accident this season – gave no indication of his fate when he spoke after Saturday’s victory and paid tribute to the “spirit and faith in this dressing room”.
On the field, Chelsea were frustrated when Matej Vydra’s late equalizer ended the European champions’ four-match winning streak despite 25 strokes from the home side.
The Blues led through Kai Havertz’s header in the first half and were 11 minutes away from moving five points ahead before Vydra headed home from close range.
“Of course I’m disappointed,” said Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel. “If we had played this game 100 times, we would have won 99 times. Today we did not win it.
“The second goal would have definitely decided that. It’s always possible that you miss one ball, one cross, and it could happen.”
Newcastle, who returned to Norwich after their draw against Brighton in the late kick-off, allegedly agreed a principle agreement with former Bournemouth manager Howe to take over at St James’ Park, more than two weeks after Steve Bruce’s retirement . after a Saudi-led takeover.
But despite the enormous resources at his disposal, Courts face a huge task just to keep the north-east club in the English top tier.
Crystal Palace are up to ninth after Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher scored in a 2-0 win over Wolves.
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